Acts 4

The pray in this chapter has always caught my attention. I have often wondered what would happen if we had the faith to pray for boldness. I am reminded of what James wrote – “you do not have because you do not ask God.” I often pray the points that Paul requested the the Colossians to include in their prayers. “pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Col. 4:3-6

4 comments

  • katehefty

    I think sometimes we have a twofold idea of what it means to be bold. So I looked up the definition and it confirmed what I was thinking. One definition is to be impudent, audacious or forceful. The definition I prefer is to be not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger. Combine that thought with another observation I began making from the beginning of the chapter. Everyone heard in their own language – it became very personalized and specific to each person there. Following that, the apostles began healing, again specific to each person’s need. The first Christians shared everything they had so that each person got his individual needs met. What God offers is always individualized to every one of us. (I feel like I’m rambling, but I do have a point!) So to me to be bold involves looking as deeply as I can into individual personal needs, and then being bold enough to offer encouragement or insight to support that person, sometimes by sharing my story and my hope. We have all known well intended Christians who have tried to beat someone over the head to teach them about Jesus. That’s boldness gone wrong. After 50+ years of being a Christian, I still need to pray to be insightful enough to connect with others and fearless enough to do it in the way God intends.

    • Artie Shaffer

      Whatever our definition of boldness is – in this context it involves speaking for Jesus when are charged not to do so. They were not asking for boldness so they could continue to heal, they were asking for boldness to speak in the face of imprisonment and even death. When I pray for open doors, I am praying for the opportunity to share but all to often the door opens and I don’t speak. I need to pray for boldness that when the door opens I won’t hesitate to speak!

  • Jerry

    Kate – like you I prefer the second definition! Thanks for sharing. Two points regarding the Sadducees and leaders caught my attention as I read this passage this time . First, per the NIV in v. 16 they did not even say that the healing of the lame man was a “miracle” & referred to it as a “notable sign” (quite an understatement.)

    Secondly in v.17 they could not even bring themselves to recognize the reality of the growth of Christian believers all around them and referred to the growth of believers as “this thing.”

  • missliz

    I go back to the leading of the Holy Spirit. If we are walking in step with the Spirit, He will direct our ways whether it be in word or action. I do believe there is a time and a place for one or the other. I’m reminded of the time Christ told the apostles not to worry what they would say because the Spirit would give them the words to speak. I want to have the courage to speak in love and most of all see people through the Father’s eyes before responding in any way.

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